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What they're saying: Doc Seaman

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are proud to announce the induction of Darryl K. “Doc” Seaman to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Doc Seaman

A founding owner of the Calgary Flames, Doc Seaman’s election in the Builder Category was announced in June by the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee.

On Monday, Nov. 8, Seaman entered the Hall of Fame posthumously at the annual induction ceremony in Toronto.

Doc was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. He became one of Alberta's most successful oilmen and industrialists through his company, Bow Valley Industries, along with many other ventures. He and his brothers, B.J. and Don Seaman, were among the first wave of adventurous oilmen who pioneered the industry after the Second World War. Doc's war record was itself remarkable; he flew eighty-two successful combat missions out of North Africa as a sub-hunting pilot, earning a Government of France citation for bravery.
 
An original Calgary Flames owner, Doc followed the team passionately. Besides bringing the Flames to Calgary, he was a key player in building the Saddledome and bringing the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to Calgary.
 
A true hockey fan, Doc joined a small group of visionaries to save Canadian hockey from mediocrity at a time when the European game was becoming dominant. Canada's five straight junior hockey gold medal wins have their roots in Project 75, now called the Seaman-Hotchkiss Foundation. He was a strong supporter of Hockey Canada's grass root development programs.  
 
Among his numerous awards and achievements, Doc was the Founding Governor of the Hockey Canada Foundation in 1979; named an Officer, Order of Canada in 1993; elected to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007; and received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008.

Doc Seaman becomes the second member of the Flames ownership group to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harley N. Hotchkiss received the honor as a member of the Class of 2006. Doc passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at age 86.


What They're saying about Daryl 'Doc' Seaman's induction into HHOF
'He was bigger than hockey. He was a war hero. He nearly died fighting for his country. If you didn't know he was one of the Flames owners, he wasn't going to tell you. He was more interested in the sport and in the game and in the national part of it.'  - Flames general manager darryl Sutter
'It's a tremendous honour and a great tribute to a man who meant a lot to hockey and to this area. He has been influential to a lot of people in a lot of areas in a lot of different ways' - Flames coach Brent Sutter
'He was always looking to talk to you. Lots of owners are not like that. He always wanted to know about your family and how things were going. It was always such a positive exprience when you got to meet him. It's a special honour. It's a tribute to him being so passionate about hockey.  - Flames forward Craig Conroy
'When you think about it, he helped build hockey canada into what it is today. He was into all hockey, grassroots, international. He was always involved in giving kids a chance to watch and dream and play the game.' - Flames captain Jarome Iginla
'He could recognize traits in people -- the right ones. It was a great loss (when he passed) to me personally and professionally and tow our ownership group because of the stability he brought. He was always honest and he was always straight to it.' - Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter
'This recognition is a richly deserved honor for a man who knew and appreciated the Canadian value of hockey and the tradition of the game. He was a visionary, our game’s biggest fan, and passionate about both the Calgary Flames and his enduring support for hockey all throughout Canada for over 50 years. Those who care about hockey owe him a debt of gratitude.' - Flames President and CEO Ken King
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